Supercharging your child's smoothie with nutrients is an excellent opportunity to supplement their diet with additional nutritional goodness they may not be willing to otherwise eat. Here are my 4 top suggestions to further nurture your children's health and wellbeing. Flaxseeds or Hemp seeds Flaxseeds (also called linseeds) is one of the most concentrated plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a rich source of antioxidants, B vitamins, dietary fibre, phytoestrogens and protein. Care needs to be taken when storing these little beauties - it needs to be a cool, dry place. Any exposure...

With such a large selection of muesli and breakfast cereals available at the supermarket, working out which is the best option to feed your child can be difficult. Many store-bought varieties are labelled 'healthy' but unfortunately this isn't always the case. They often contain added chemical preservatives, emulsifiers, nasty vegetable fats and full of 'hidden' sugar. These are my top tips when trying to determine which muesli or breakfast cereal is the healthier option for your child. The nutritional panel is a good place to start - to work out the sugar content, 4 grams of sugar...

Your child won't be able to resists these divine little gut healing jellies. They taste like velvety cream and too good to resist. Gelatine Restores Gut health Gelatine is derived from collagen and has important health benefits, especially when it comes to improving gut health to support optimal brain function and a robust immune system. Collagen is the most plentiful form of protein and is found most abundantly in the body's skin, bones, tendons and ligaments. It provides strength and structure to tissues and increases flexibility to skin and strength to the tendons. Getting enough collagen in...

We are currently experiencing an epidemic of childhood brain-related disorders in the Western world. Over the past decade or so, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of children diagnosed with neuro- developmental disorders caused by compromised brain function. These include; ADHD, autism, learning and behavioural disorders, alongside an increase in conditions such as depression and anxiety. With these escalating problems impacting the health of the brain, the question must be asked. What is it about our modern lifestyle that is so destructive to our children’s brain health? How is our Modern Lifestyle Destructive to Brain Health While there has been a lot...

These breakfast muffins are the ideal way to serve your child a healthy breakfast on the run and they make the perfect snack too. Ingredients 2 free-range eggs, whisked2 bananas, mashed1 teaspoon vanilla extract21⁄2 cups rolled oats2 teaspoons ground cinnamon2 tablespoons coconut, flakes or desiccated, 11⁄2 teaspoon baking powder1 1⁄2 cups of milk, of choice1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup Method Preheat oven to 180 degrees CelsiusIf using a 12-hole muffin tray, grease with oil or butter.Mix together bananas, eggs, vanilla extract and maple syrup in a bowl, add oats, cinnamon, coconut and baking powder and mix until well combined. o Spoon the mixture evenly...

Five year old Alice was bought to my clinic by her concerned mother Sally.  Alice was constantly complaining that her tummy was always sore and she often felt sick.  Sally also noticed her daughter’s skin was getting itchy and blotchy and her hair had stopped growing and hadn’t been cut in a long time.   Her stomach was bloated and tight to touch which raised questions about Alice’s diet.  This revealed she didn’t eat a lot of fruit and vegetables but instead craved milk, yoghurt, cheese and spaghetti.   I thought she could have an underlying food intolerance to dairy products.  I also noted she was missing out...

Everyday cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that impose additional toxic burdens on your child's health.  Either choose an environmentally friendly brand or make your own at home.  Baking soda and vinegar are effective ingredients to clean away dirt and grime. Baking soda Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda works as a safe and effective cleaning agent for stainless steel, glass, plastic, chrome and enamel surfaces and a deodoriser to neutralise odours in carpet, upholstery and fabrics.  It’s safe to use around children to clean kitchen sinks, bathtubs, tiles, microwaves and kitchen surfaces.  Baking soda can be dissolved in water to clean away dirt and grime or...

Iron is a mineral that is involved in brain development and infants with an iron deficiency test lower in cognitive function and motor skills.  Whilst still in their mother's womb, newborn babies absorb enough iron from their mother's blood to sustain them for the first 6 months of life.  But once have your infant reaches 6 months of age their stores start to naturally dwindle.  Between the ages of 7 to 12 months babies require 11 milligrams of iron a day - more than a adult male.  And because infants and children consume small amounts at mealtimes, it is imperative every mouthful...

Almond milk is an excellent alternative to cow's milk especially if your child has a sensitivity or allergy to dairy products. Unsweetened varieties are naturally low in calories and sugar but it is also low in protein - an important macronutrient required for childhood development. Almond milk is a top-selling plant based milk because of its rich flavour and texture, it's naturally high in vitamin E, a disease fighting antioxidant and store-bought varieties can be fortified with vitamin D. Processed almond milk may contain additives Processed almond milk can contain additives including, sugar, salt, gums, flavours and emulsifiers (lecithin and...

The human body contains trillions of beneficial bacteria, so small that we cannot see them. The scientific term for these microbes is the human microbiome. However, they have many other household names too, such as 'gut flora', 'good bugs', 'gut bugs', 'good bacteria' and 'beneficial bacteria'. Beneficial Bacteria are the backbone of your child's health and wellbeing Friendly bacteria play an influential role to ensure your child's optimal health and wellbeing. Listed below are some of the roles they play. Boosts immunity to protect against infectionsImprove mental health (anxiety and depression)Support optimal brain function (focus and concentration)Reduces the...

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